Friday, February 27, 2015

Irresistible Butterfly


A few weeks ago I shared a card that featured the Irresistibly Yours paper from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. Todays card uses a different sheet from this pack which I've decorated differently, which should help to show you the possibilities with this paper.

For todays card I made up some spritz bottles with Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party ink to spray over the paper. I was quite liberal with my spritzing, and if you look close you can see in some spots the ink has bled under the printing. If you want a crisp look with this paper - easy does it! You can always add more a little at a time, but it's hard to take it away if you add too much.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Metallic Peacock

I might be a bit late to the Perfectly Peacock party, but better late than never!

For something a bit different, I stamped the peacock on brushed silver cardstock before colouring it with Blendabilities. For an extra shiny, metallic touch I separated some sequins from the Bermuda Bay sequin trim and attached them to the peacock tail feathers with mini brads that were coloured with the darkest Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Slumberparty Inspiration

On Friday night I took part in a virtual slumberparty with one of my Stampin' Up! uplines, Angela Sargeant. Along with a whole bunch of chatter and games some images were posted for creative inspiration. I think I amazed everyone by managing to get a card finished on the night, in amongst everything else I was getting up to! This was the image I chose to be inspired by:

And here is the card I ended up with:
As it usually goes with these things, this didn't end up the way I originally envisioned it, but still pretty happy with how it came out. While I expect the cake had white icing and it doesn't look white due to lighting, I decided to stay with the non-white look as it's been a while since I played with vanilla. It was also the first time I had used the embossing folder & the bow-builder punch - using new products had been a little challenge I had set myself so was very happy it was so easy to incorporate my own challenge into the official one!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Free Cake!

... stamp that is ;)

Yep, that cake stamp is free as part of this years Sale-A-Bration rewards. Indeed, the ribbon and the paper are also free, and you could even choose to get the Blendabilities markers for free - pretty awesome hey? This card was designed by my 12 yr old for one of her friends birthdays this week.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Wiggly Spinner

Another Partytime related post, this one is a card I made based on something demonstrated at Partytime. Technically it's two somethings since I made two cards that are slightly different...
They probably look like pretty standard cards, but have a look from side on:
The ever fabulous Teneale Williams showed us a variation of the spinner card, where part of the card wiggles rather than spins across the card. Mine is also a variation on her demonstration, where the mechanism was behind a large panel. Having made a few spinner cards in the past, I know how many dimensionals you can go through to make them - especially if you are like me and worried about them getting squished in transit so put them on it lots of places... What I thought with this one is: if the hole that allows the movement is completely hidden, there's no reason you can't have the supporting layer also be hidden.
These shots should give you an indication of the range of movement. Would you like to know how it's done?
These are the basic pieces: your moving part, the supporting layer, and a piece that stops the moving part from going through the hole in the supporting layer. As Teneale demonstrated, it's just a piece of cardstock folded with a coin attached at the bottom so it's weighted. Thinking about it afterward, you could possibly make it like a regular spinner card with just a disc (typically also a coin) being attached on the other side of the supporting layer. I think doing that way would give it the ability to spin right round on the spot, but since I planned on having the balloon string attached to the card that wasn't necessary for this card.
See how the circle in the supporting layer is larger than the dimensional? Room to move! The larger the hole the more movement you will get, and the more careful you will need to be with the placement of everything so the supporting layer isn't exposed.
And then with the pendulum piece in place. I trimmed the corners on this one to make certain it also wasn't going to be exposed, although I could have also just attached it a little higher.
Moving the supporting layer around to show the range of movement. It's limited by the size of the circle, and with a pendulum on the back that also bumps into the dimensions for attaching the supporting layer. In theory just having a coin on the back this wouldn't happen.
Well within the edge of the balloon - shouldn't have a problem with it showing from the front once attached to the card!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Punch Art Letters

A few weeks ago I attended Stampin' Up!'s Partytime event in Sydney. Attendee's are encouraged to make a name badge, which I of course left to do like the day before. Not having any current alphabet stamps, or the alphabet thinlets, and not wanting to be as straight forward as write or print my name... I really was scratching my head about how I could make a creative name badge. Then it suddenly occured to me that I have a bit of a rep for my use of punches, so how about making my name by using punches. I got a number of comments about my badge so thought it would be a good idea to show how I made my letters.

My approach was pretty boring in a way - I started with the letter C because it's the first letter in my name...

From past experience I knew I needed to start from the inside and work out. This isn't always necessary but it often makes things much easier.
So I started with the 1 1/4" scallop circle on the edge of a piece of Wisteria Wonder.

I then lined up the 1 3/4" scallop circle around this...

...and punched it out. Looks like a mouth wanting to eat the frosting off a cupcake, hehehehe.

For the A I started by lining up the postage stamp punch from the Little Lables punch pack. The bottom notches of the punch edge are below the edge, but of course this really wouldn't have mattered since I wasn't using the square... might make it a little easier to ensure it's straight though.

Next I lined up the Tree punch around the stamp shape...

...and punched it out.

The R was probably the trickiest of the lot, I realised pretty quickly that I'd have to be piecing together multiple pieces. For the round part at the top of the R, I trimmed a piece of cardstock to a little under 1.9cm and put it into the 3/4" circle from the bottom of the punch so instead of a circle it will just be rounding one end. When doing this I find it easier to fit the cardstock in if it is just a little smaller than the width of the punch shape you are putting the cardstock into.

The diagonal leg of the R was a piece from the Chevron border punch, for the straight back I just trimmed a strip of cardstock to match the width of the chevron. I then fiddled around with the pieces till I figured out how big I wanted the round part and trimmed the pieces to size.

The O was an easy one. Could've gone for a smaller circle for the middle but liked the slightly different look of having the Small Oval on the inside and punching the 1 1/4" circle around it.

When re-doing my letters to take these photos I mistakenly used the 1 3/8" circle, oops!

Making an interesting L was probably the hardest letter of all. After a lot of thinking and a few failed attempts, I settled on punching the Artisan Label to create the inside shape of the L, then off-setting the Curly Label punch...

...and punching it out. I really loved the shape this gave to the ends of the L.

As you can see I tilted the Curly Label punch quite a bit to get the final shape.

Well I hope that has given you some ideas if you ever find yourself stumped with lettering! Also note that I some of these punches are the old "whale" design, any you buy from Stampin' Up! now will not look like this!


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Monday, February 09, 2015

Moonlight Balloons

Hello again! And sorry there's been a bit of a break once again - the school holidays got away with me once again. Even though school has been back for over a week it's still taking me a bit to get back into the swing of things. Here's a quick card, before my next post which will have a tutorial for something I did a few weeks ago.
A little trick I often use to help make things more defined is to go around the edge of them with a marker. Often it will be in the matching colour of the cardstock I am going around, but on this occasion I used the Blackberry Bliss marker to really make the balloons stand out.

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